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8 September 2013
A heart-warming note to all at Above Bar Church...
I went to The Above Bar Church the first Sunday I arrived in Southampton as a respect for my mother, Dora Hall who died the previous Thursday . She loved your church and all it stands for. It was the first time I’d been in a house of God for over 45 years apart from weddings and funerals. I made my way to your door that sunny Sunday morning with an air of trepidation; why? because I perceived I would not be made that welcome because I was not a regular.
I, like many have a perception that many religious organisations are not too welcoming to outsiders, in many instances this is the case. I can only write this from what my heart says, rightly or wrongly, I do not ask you to agree, it’s just the way I see it.
Although I’ve not been to church as such, I do have convictions; convictions that have grown inside me over the last 10 to 15 years.
I will not use the term ‘belief’ but the phrase ‘to know,’ knowing there is a soul, a spirit, the one thing science cannot measure that’s in all of us. In recent years this has become very important to me.
I need to touch base with God on a regular basis. My place of worship for a long time has been when I’m out in my kayak away from the noise of life, just me and nature; fish jumping and my beloved Penguins swimming nearby. I know I can feel God’s presence here more than anywhere else, it is so beautiful.
As I’ve progressed with my thoughts and inspirations I’ve arrived at the most important aspect of all, LOVE. That to me is what God and his Son have given us. Again, the one thing our friends the scientist cannot measure, I’m aware they’ve tried to.
It was this depth of love I was given by you all when entered your house that Sunday morning, I felt it on a scale I’ve never known before.
I wish to thank all of you for letting me experience this, it’s made an enormous difference to my life.
Robert Bicker, son of Dora Hall (recently deceased)